Maine wildlife officials warn drivers that moose will be on the loose soon

Posted April 12, 2012, at 2:58 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The moose soon will be on the loose, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, along with Maine DOT officials, want drivers to be aware as the weather starts to warm.

The DIF&W and Maine DOT acknowledge that May and June are the most frequent months for vehicle-moose collisions.

“Given the size and mass of moose, the likelihood of serious personal injury is far greater with moose and thus it is absolutely critical for drivers to be constantly vigilant during this time of year,” Lee Kantar, state moose biologist for DIF&W, said in a news release.

As the weather warms, roadsides are one of the first places to turn green throughout the state. After their winter diet, moose are hungry for salt, which can be found on the side of roads and in tender green plants. This brings them in close proximity to vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

Moose-vehicle collisions are typically at their peak from dusk until dawn, as moose are typically on the move during the cooler evening hours.

Drivers are urged to buckle up, use their high beams and reduce speed while driving at night.

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